Simon Zebo says Munster friendships prompted him to snub Toulouse switch

Last Updated: 11/01/13 10:52am

Zebo: happy in Ireland

Simon Zebo told The Rugby Club that his friendships in Munster convinced him to turn down a high-profile move to Toulouse.

The wing, who has emerged as one of the hottest properties in rugby, has an Irish mother, but his father is from Martinique and served in the French commando unit

As a French-speaker with family across the Channel, he admits he was tempted when Top 14 giants Toulouse came calling for his signature.

But the 22-year-old instead opted to sign a three-year deal to remain in Munster and says he's excited about continuing with the young group of players that Rob Penney has assembled.

"At the moment there's a great crop of players here at Munster, some great fresh and young players."

Simon Zebo

"With the French background, speaking French and having family over in France, it was a tough to turn down," Zebo admitted.

"But at the moment there's a great crop of players here at Munster, some great fresh and young players.

"I'm playing with my best friends here and I'm just really loving my rugby here at Munster, it's brilliant."

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Zebo is hoping for a return to the glory seasons of 2006 and 2008 when Munster became champions of Europe, but they face a tough task if they are to reach the last eight of this year's Heineken Cup.

Away defeats at Racing Metro and Saracens have left them in third place in their pool and they head to Edinburgh on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, hunting for a high-scoring victory.

And Zebo says the squad are determined to silence the doubters who've tipped them to crash out during the group stage.

"People would definitely be writing us off at the moment," he admitted.

"I suppose from past Heineken Cups you'd be a fool to write us off. We're just going to go out and do our best and, please God, we'll be able to get through to the quarters.

"We're going to give it everything and if it's meant to be then it'll be."

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